Wes Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

An island off the New England coast, summer of 1965. Two twelve-year-olds, Sam and Suzy, fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As local authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing offshore . . . Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the young couple on the run, Bruce Willis as Island Police Captain Sharp, Edward Norton as Khaki Scout troop leader Scout Master Ward, and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as Suzy’s attorney parents, Walt and Laura Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban. The magical soundtrack features the music of Benjamin Britten.

Film Info

  • Wes Anderson
  • United States
  • 2012
  • 94 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #776

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • Restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, and Roman Coppola
  • Selected-scene storyboard animatics
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Exploring the Set of “Moonrise Kingdom,” an original documentary about the film
  • Norton’s home movies from the set
  • Behind-the-scenes, special effects, and test footage
  • Auditions
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a selection of commentary from young writers, along with a map of New Penzance Island and other ephemera

New cover by Michael Gaskell

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • Restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, and Roman Coppola
  • Selected-scene storyboard animatics
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Exploring the Set of “Moonrise Kingdom,” an original documentary about the film
  • Norton’s home movies from the set
  • Behind-the-scenes, special effects, and test footage
  • Auditions
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a selection of commentary from young writers, along with a map of New Penzance Island and other ephemera

New cover by Michael Gaskell

Moonrise Kingdom
Cast
Bruce Willis
Captain Sharp
Edward Norton
Scout Master Ward
Bill Murray
Mr. Bishop
Frances McDormand
Mrs. Bishop
Tilda Swinton
Social Services
Jared Gilman
Sam
Kara Hayward
Suzy
Jason Schwartzman
Cousin Ben
Bob Balaban
The Narrator
Harvey Keitel
Commander Pierce
Larry Pine
Mr. Billingsley
Marianna Bassham
Becky
Neal Huff
Jed
Eric Anderson
Secretary McIntire
Lucas Hedges
Redford
Charlie Kilgore
Lazy-Eye
Andreas Sheikh
Panagle
Chandler Frantz
Gadge
Rob Campbell
Deluca
L. J. Foley
Izod
Gabriel Rush
Skotak
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Roosevelt
Tommy Nelson
Nickleby
Credits
Director
Wes Anderson
Written by
Wes Anderson
Written by
Roman Coppola
Produced by
Wes Anderson
Produced by
Scott Rudin
Produced by
Steven Rales
Produced by
Jeremy Dawson
Executive producers
Sam Hoffman
Executive producers
Mark Roybal
Director of photography
Robert Yeoman
Editor
Andrew Weisblum
Production design
Adam Stockhausen
Music supervisor
Randall Poster
Original music
Alexandre Desplat
Khaki Scout Marches by
Mark Mothersbaugh
Performed by
Peter Jarvis
Performed by
and his Drum Corps
Co-producers
Molly Cooper
Co-producers
Lila Yacoub
Costume designer
Kasia Walicka Maimone
Associate producer
Octavia Peissel
Casting by
Douglas Aibel

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Wes Anderson

Director, Writer

Houston native Wes Anderson’s idiosyncratic directorial style—marked by eccentric, colorful compositions and a fastidious attention to detail—seemed completely anomalous in the U.S. independent film landscape at the outset of his career. But it’s become such an influence on other homegrown auteurs that it’s beginning to look as archetypally American as apple pie. Anderson debuted with Bottle Rocket, a thirteen-minute video shown at Sundance. On the strength of that short, producers James L. Brooks and Polly Platt brought Anderson and his cowriter and star Owen Wilson to Hollywood, where the pair embarked on the project of turning it into a feature. The result, a crisply shot comedy about dead-end criminals in Texas, announced Anderson as a major talent; his next film, Rushmore, a wildly acclaimed, widescreen coming-of-age tale that introduced actor Jason Schwartzman and gave Bill Murray a critical comeback, cemented that reputation. These films, like the ones he’s made in the years since—from the Oscar-nominated The Royal Tenenbaums to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou to The Darjeeling Limited and the animated Fantastic Mr. Fox—are vivid, wry studies of families and other groups, infused with liberal doses of both hilarity and melancholy.


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